Mines on the walls of Europe.. Iranian terror from designating its guards as terrorists Updated Saturday 1/21/2023 02:20 PM Abu Dhabi time A threat to target Europe’s security if Iran’s guards are included in the list of terrorism elicits terror from the classification and an admission of responsibility for the pains of the old continent. Today, Saturday, the Commander-in-Chief of the Guard, Major General Hussein Salami, used the tone of threat and the use of the security card against the expected European decision to put the Revolutionary Guards on the terrorist list. Salami said, in media statements during his meeting with Iranian Parliament Speaker Muhammad Baqer Qalibaf, in response to the possibility of declaring the Guard a terrorist in the European Parliament: “We are not concerned about such threats or even measures against it.” Salami touched implicitly on the threat to Europe, saying: “Europe has put itself in a world war twice, and today a new continent has been formed on the ruins of the same previous wars..Europe has not learned from its past mistakes.” He also warned European countries against the step of placing the Guard on the list of terrorist organizations, claiming that “Europe will bear the consequences of such a decision.” He said, “Europeans should not repeat their mistakes, even though they are with America accustomed to changing the place of the oppressor and the oppressed, the victim and the executioner.” He continued, “If the efforts of the Revolutionary Guards had not been concentrated, the terrorist volcano created by the Americans would have spread to the Europeans, and the prevailing security in Europe today would have been destroyed.” And he considered that “Europe put itself in a world war twice, and today a new Europe was formed on the ruins of the same previous wars, and it did not learn from its past mistakes and believes that with such positions and statements it will not change the strength of the Revolutionary Guards and undermine its will.” He went on to warn: “We never worry about such threats or even act about them, because as far as enemies give us opportunity to act, we act stronger.” Salami issued a warning, saying: “We advise the Europeans not to repeat their past mistakes, and if they make a mistake, they must accept the consequences of that.” A “decisive response.” For his part, Iranian Parliament Speaker Muhammad Baqer Qalibaf said, during his visit to the headquarters of the Revolutionary Guards in Tehran: “We will respond decisively to any action that affects the Guards,” adding that “the Revolutionary Guards and the Mobilization Forces (Basij) are part of the people and embody the will popular”. On Thursday, the European Parliament passed a resolution and proposed a set of demands as “the EU’s response to protests and executions in Iran.” The requests covered a wide range of issues, from increased sanctions and support for protesters to putting Iran’s Revolutionary Guard on a list of terrorist organizations. On Friday, the European Union’s legislature, approving a minor change, added a request to designate the IRGC as terrorists to one of its annual reports. But although the new decision of the European Parliament has no guarantee of implementation and does not become part of the laws of the European Union, the adoption of such a decision – which is, in fact, a political statement – will be effective. In particular, this decision was passed at a time when the foreign policy of the European Union is largely focused on the issue of the war in Ukraine. Since the beginning of the protests in Iran, the European Union has imposed sanctions on a group of Iranian officials and institutions three times for their involvement in suppressing the demonstrators. A KEY TARGET As a military group with a multiple and questionable identity, the IRGC has become a foreign policy and security issue for Iran’s regional and international adversaries for years. Attempts by Western countries to put pressure on the IRGC are not new either. The IRGC’s anti-Westernness, which is a direct continuation of the Iranian government’s anti-Westernness, along with anti-Israel and the organization’s extensive activities outside Iran’s borders, are among the features that prompted some Western countries to consider this armed force a “threat” to assess their interests in the Middle East. But what greatly affected the calculations of Western countries in this regard, last year, was the Ukraine war and the role played by the Iranian Revolutionary Guards’ drones in this war. According to some observers, the Iranian Revolutionary Guard has shifted from a regional “threat” in the Middle East to a more serious problem behind the borders of the European Union. The incident also became an opportunity for Iran’s regional adversaries to turn their long-standing argument about the exceptional importance of the IRGC’s activities into a universal belief among European policymakers. During this period, the European Union has tried many times to take steps so that, first of all, the historic decision of the Iranian authorities “to support Russia in the war in Ukraine” does not go unanswered; Then, secondly, to punish the Guards specifically, and thirdly, to change Tehran’s behavior in military cooperation with Russia. But at the same time, the issue of nuclear negotiations and the need to keep the diplomatic window open with Iran overshadowed the decisions of the Europeans and was always an obstacle to increasing tension with Tehran. The execution of demonstrators and the Iranian government’s disregard for the numerous demands of Western countries – especially European ones – also constituted a motive for the intensification of confrontation between Iran and the international community. The Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps is now included in the list of terrorist organizations of the United States of America, and many of the leaders and companies affiliated with this institution have also been sanctioned by Western countries on a case-by-case basis.
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